China’s 72-hour visa-free policy should be extended to a week to encourage a bigger number of transit passengers to stop in the country, Shanghai Daily reported Friday, citing National People’s Congress deputy Ma Xulun. Lifting restrictions on city limits and allowing transit passengers 72-hour visa-free stay are not enough, Ma, who is also general manager of China Eastern Airlines, was quoted as saying. Pudong International Airport receives an average of 1,500 passengers who transfer to other flights every day but only about 50 apply for the visa, the report said. The number was also low in Beijing and Guangzhou. Ma wants transit passengers to be able to travel around the Yangtze Delta region and spend some nights there, or even take a train to Beijing, the report said.
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